Theatre Royal, Bath
...one of the countries oldest working and most important theatres outside of London, where many shows run before entering into the West End.
Why not visit one of the countries oldest working theatres and watch one of the many touring productions which often start here before making their way to the west end, London. You may just wish to join a tour of this beautiful Grade ll listed building and admire the fine examples of Georgian architecture. If you are lucky, you may bump into the ‘Phantom Doorman’ or hear one of the ‘whispering voices’ as the theatre has its fair share of psychic phenomena!
…Theatre Royal Bath is a Grade ll listed building and a fine example of Georgian architecture.
The stunning Theatre Royal Bath opened its doors with a production of Richard lll in October 1805 and has evolved through many periods of change. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1862 and has more recently received extensive refurbishment to preserve its tiers of ornate plasterwork coupled with red and guilt decoration that help to make this a truly authentic and wonderful theatre. The Theatre Royal Bath comprises of three theatre spaces, ‘The Main House’, Ustinov Studio and the Egg.
- ‘The Main House’ is the receiving theatre to all the large touring productions.
- The ‘Ustinov Studio’ so named after the actor Peter Ustinov was built in 1997 and is home to Britain’s largest festival of adult puppetry and a venue for drama, music and dance.
- Built in 2005, ‘The Egg’ is a theatre studio specifically built to house professional shows, workshops and productions for children and their families.
You may wish to view one of TRB Productions shows, which is the Theatre Royal’s production arm who have created over 100 productions in the past 12 years who credits include Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession.
Housed in the Vaults of the theatre is one of the most atmospheric restaurants in Bath, ‘The Vaults Restaurant ‘ providing a delicious menu which specialises on using fresh ingredients on a monthly changing menu. Call the box office for further booking details.
If your interest is in the theatre and its history then join a blue badge guide who conducts tours of this beautiful theatre and a glimpse behind the daily workings on the 1st Wednesday and subsequent Saturday of each month. Please ring the box office as these dates can be subject to change.
The Theatre has many stories of psychic phenomena the most famous being the Butterfly, which they honour to this day. The main theatre is also said to be haunted by the Gray Lady, an actress who once performed in the theatre. It is said she watches productions from ‘The Gray Lady Box’ and when her presence is felt, the scent of jasmine can be smelt.
If the spirits of the past interest you then you may wish to join the ‘Ghost Walk’ which meets at 8pm every weekday evening starting at the ‘Garrick’s Head’ and takes you on a tour of Bath’s most haunted places.
The Theatre Royal Bath is only 10 minutes walk away from Bath Spa train station and no more than 10-15 minutes walk from its closest car parks, the nearest being Charlotte Street.
Wheelchair spaces are available in the ‘Main House’ and the theatre has lift access from the foyer to the Royal Circle. Please check the theatres site for all additional facilities the theatre provides.
Other attractions in the area:
The Mission Theatre
The Rondo Theatre
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015